Mind & Body

Health Benefits of Owning A Pet

Owning a pet has physical and emotional health benefits. Having playtime with a reduces levels of the stress hormone cortisol, while boosting the happy chemical serotonin.

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. There are physical and emotional health benefits to owning a pet. 00:31

  2. Because dog owners get in more physical activity, they generally have lower cholesterol levels. 01:09

  3. Pet owners take 15-20% fewer annual visits to a doctor. 02:27

Written by Curiosity Staff June 11, 2015